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Old 04-19-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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There are two essentials you will need a basic crock pot for slow cooking, and a cast iron pan when you want to brown meat or cook pancakes, eggs or fried stuff. These two tools will do 90% of what you need to do in the kitchen. I consider my cast iron skillet my favorite cooking utensil, and my crock pot a close second.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:44 AM
 
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You're getting all kinds of "crock-pot" recommendations. I'll add one of mine, it's a vertical slow smoker of some type for slow cooking and smoking meats. You can rack and hang a whole turkey in one.

Here's one type. Masterbuilt 30 in. Vertical Digital Electric Smoker-20070106 at The Home Depot
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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you sound more like our family. If I am going to be gone and I know all we want is for our meat to be ready in 8 hours or so, we just use heat. It I am going to be home I will start it on High and then turn it down after 2 or 3 hours. We cook so much in ours, not just meats and veggies, but soup, chili, spaghetti sauce etc. I think the most expensive one we have was our 6 qt. It was about $30.00. The rest were almost nothing.


If I know that I am going to be away all day and I want to use the crockpot, I have a little trick. I will prepare the meal the night before, cover it with water.....then freeze it solid. This way I do not have to worry much about overcooking, even with a cheapo crockpot.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:55 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Get bigger than you think you'll need, and make sure the crock comes out of the heated part, for easy cleaning.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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There are two essentials you will need a basic crock pot for slow cooking, and a cast iron pan when you want to brown meat or cook pancakes, eggs or fried stuff. These two tools will do 90% of what you need to do in the kitchen. I consider my cast iron skillet my favorite cooking utensil, and my crock pot a close second.


I cook really simple foods. I have both a cheapo crockpot and a cast-iron frying pan.....LUVVV then both.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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I'm considering buying a slow cooker. Was looking at a few at Target today, and saw some very basic ones, and fancier ones with timers and thermometers.

Crockpot is the brand name most familiar, but are there other brands you would recommend? Are the extras mentioned above useful?

Any advice or recommendations on buying a slow cooker would be appreciated.
My mom gave me one she had for years. It's a West Bend if I recall.
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:16 PM
 
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I've been thinking about getting this one but really hate spending the money. It sure looks awesome though! Right now there is a $15 coupon on Amazon too.Amazon.com: Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker: Slow Cooker, Brown/Saute, Steamer: Kitchen & Dining
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Old 04-20-2014, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I have a cheap slow cooker and I have found that limitations of the cooker are usually based on limitations of the cook. Yes, I have to wash an extra pan when I sear meats, but I cook amazing dishes with my cheap slow cooker.
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Old 04-20-2014, 10:03 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Get a removable liner and adjustable heat settings. Had a Crockpot for about 20 years and still working great. Made many stews, corned beef, chili, curries, soups, etc with it over the years.

One of the best kitchen items to have.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:29 PM
 
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I've been thinking about getting this one but really hate spending the money. It sure looks awesome though! Right now there is a $15 coupon on Amazon too.Amazon.com: Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker: Slow Cooker, Brown/Saute, Steamer: Kitchen & Dining
I was excited that this was on sale today for $107.49 and then I could use the $15 coupon with it to take the price below $100. I went ahead and ordered it so I hope it lives up to the reviews! I've been using a slow cooker about three times a week and even love preparing side dishes in them.
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